If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down. You may need to consult a doctor if you drink excessively.
Tip 1 – Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink.
Tip 2 – Set a budget
Whether you are going out or buying drink for the house, only take out a fixed amount of money with you to spend.
Tip 3 – Let them know
If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and that it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
Tip 4 – Take it a day at a time
Cut back a little each day and set mini goals for yourself. The daily achievements will be a great motivator.
Tip 5 – Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Tip 6 – Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You’ll find this information on the bottle.
Tip 7 – Stay hydrated
Drink a pint of water before you start drinking, and don’t use alcohol to quench your thirst. Have a soft drink instead.
Tip 8 – Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.
Check out the Drinkaware unit calculator*
*DRiNKLiNK has no affiliation with Drinkaware but we found this nifty unit calculator during our research and thought some of you may find it helpful.
If you are unsure how to strike up a conversation of cutting down with a friend or loved one, take a look at our tips on how to strike up a conversation by clicking this link.